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memories of those whose lives
included an encounter with the 16
President of the United States
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Vandever, Wm. T.
FRIEND OF LINCOLN
\ DIES AT AGE OF If
Maj. W. T. Vandever, First
Male Child Born at Tay-
Special Dispatch to the Globe-Democbat.
TAYLORVILLE, ILL., October 25.
— Maj. William T. Vandever, retired
banker and one of the few surviv-
ing citizens cf Illinois who knew
Abraham Lincoln personally, died
Maj. Vandever knew Lincoln as
a boy when Lincoln, who practiced
law on the same circuit as Maj.
Vandever's father, was a guest at
the Vandever home.
Maj. Vandever was the lifelong
resident of Taylorville and was the
first male child born in the town.
He was 94 years old and retired
from the banking business 20 years
One of the wealthiest men in
Central Illinois, he gave $100,000 to-
ward the erection of a high school
in Taylorville in memory of his
He resided with a niece, Mrs.
George G. Seaman, and her hus-
band. He is survived by two other
nieces, Mrs. Yolande Perkins of
Taylorville, and Miss Eugenia Van-
dever, Vienna, Austria, and a
nephew, Fred Kirkwood of Albu-
querque, N. M.
Van Doom, T'rs . Ma#y
MRS. VAN DOORN
TO BE BURIED AT
Funeral services for Mrs. .'Mary H
Van D oom, a friend of Abraham Lin
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coin at the time of the famous Lin
coin-Douglas debates," "wUl" J Be^ held to
day at her birthplace, Quincy, 111. Mrs,
Van Doom died on Monday at her
home, 1113 Loyola avenue, at the age
of 85. She had been a resident of
Chicago for 20 years.
When a girl Mrs. Van Doom was
selected to welcome Lincoln to Quincy
and present him with flowers on the
rostrum from which he addressed his
arguments against Douglas. She wa?
a granddaughter of Capt Bber Ward,
lawmfeer of Washington staff, in
charge of all gnvernme&t .jsenais dur-
ing the revolution.
Mrs. Van Doom is surved by a
daughter, Helen B. Van Doom; a son,
J. B. Van Doom, and a grandson,
John ' B. Van Doom.
Van Pelt, Mrs. Harriet
WITNESSED LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION - Mrs
garnet Van Pel, of Michigan City, who, as a Sri sa, in'
Fords theater and witnessed assassination of Abrah™
L,ncoI„, wtth L.nco.n portrait printed in Chicago Tr ™
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Van Pelt, Mrs. Harriet
IS DESCRIBED 6Y
Tells How Booth's Act
BY VIRGINIA GARDNER.
When Abraham Lincoln, whose
127th birthday anniversary will be
celebrated today, was assassinated in
Ford's theater, Washington, D. C, on
April 14, 1865, a witness of the
tragedy from the first row of the
balcony was a girl of 18. This girl is
now Mrs. Harriet Van Pelt, who for
most of her life has been a resident of
Michigan City, Ind.
A slender little woman with bright
brown eyes and snow white hair,
Mrs. Van Pelt, in her rooms in the
Sheridan Beach hotel in the Indiana
lakeside city recalled yesterday the
dramatic moment when the shot rang
out in the theater.
Mrs. Van Pelt, then Miss Harriet
Sherman, with her older sister,
Nancy, both in their last year at the
Cleveland Female seminary, had gone
to Washington to spend Easter vaca-
tion with their uncle, George Hart-
well, connected with the patent of-
fice there, and his wife, Rose.
Father a Surgeon in Army.
Their father, Dr. Mason G. Sher-
man, a surgeon in the 9th Indiana regi-
ment, wanted the daughters to have
a little gayety during their holi-
days. Their home, he felt, would be
too sorrowful for them, Mrs. Van Pelt
said, as their mother had been killed
shortly before by the bursting of a
rocket at a victory celebration.
The girls had been taken to the
President's reception in the White
House by their aunt and uncle, and
shaken the hands of Mr. and Mrs.
Lincoln. They had witnessed a pa-
rade. The streets were hung in bunt-
ing. The capital was dramatic with
joyous celebration over the ending
of the war.
Dazzled by this brilliance, the
boarding school misses accompanied
their aunt and uncle to the theater,
where the President and Mrs. Lin-
coln were to appear in a box as a
climax of the week's festivities.
Harriet Sees the Tragedy.
Although intrigued by the play,
" Our American Cousin," the two girls
could not let their glance stray for
long from the President's box, Mrs.
Van Pelt said.
Harriet was looking toward the
President's flag draped box just as
John Wilkes Booth stepped into it.
"I thought it was some theater
attendant," she said. "The box was
about 25 or 30 feet away, to the
right of our seats. A moment later
a shot was heard. I recall nothing
of Maj. Rathbone's grappling with
Booth and being stabbed by the assas-
sin, nor of Booth leaping to the stage
from the front railing of the box, al-
though these things happened. I re-
member only the President's head on
the shoulder of Mrs. Lincoln, and hear-
ing some one say quietly, ' Mr. Lin-
coln has been shot.'
Audience in Confusion.
" The curtain was rung down,
which left the house in darkness for
a moment. Every one was confused.
A sort of paralysis gripped the house.
" I saw the President being carried
out of the box. After he had been
removed from the theater and taken
to a boarding house across the
street, the throngs made their way
out of the theater, stunned. We took
a carriage home and the next day
returned to school. Among my school-
mates there to whom I told my ex-
perience in witnessing the tragedy
was Ida Saxton, later the wife of
President McKinley [who died of an
assassin's bullet Sept. 14, 1901]."
On May 1 President Lincoln's
funeral train stopped beneath an
elaborate arch in Michigan City,
where it was met by a group of
Chicagoans and accompanied to Chi-
cago and then to Springfield. Among
the Michigan City young ladies
escorting the body to Chicago was
Harriet, dressed in white like the
Wed to Civil War Major.
The next year Harriet Sherman
married Maj. John Simpson, 10 years
old than she, who had served under
Gen. Grant in the 59th Indiana in-
fantry, and had marched with her
second cousin, Gen. Sherman, to the
sea. Maj. Simpson had told her
mother when she was little girl that
he would " wait until Hattie grew
up" and marry her. She married
again after his death.
For 20 years Mrs. Van Pelt lived
in the Lexington hotel here.
Witnessing the President's assassi-
nation did not dim her enthusiasm for
the theater. She " loves bridge, the
movies, and the stage," reads a great
deal and without glasses, and says
she feels as she did when she was
18, except that she " can't get around
Mrs. Van Pelt said she never before
had told her story of the Lincoln
tragedy for publication. She showed
the feminine reticence of her genera-
tion towards personal publicity and
was extremely reluctant to be photo-
graphed, for the first time, for a
V9jn Pelt, Mrs. Harriet
Saw Lincoln Assassinated
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PICTURES OF LINCOLN FUNERAL TRAIN IN
MICHIGAN CITY ON PAGE 8
[ As a little girl, Mrs. Harriet Van
Pelt, above, who lives at the Sheri-
dan -Beach hotel, sat as A-Sjieetatoi?
in Ford's theater in Washington and
witnessed assassination of Abraham
Lincoln. She is shown with a
As Michigan City today marked
the birthday of Abraham Lincoln in
home and school, Mrs. Harriet Van
Pelt of the Sheridan Beaih hotel re.
i»lls a memory so tragic that 71
years can not dim it— the assassina-
tion of the great emancipator by
John Wilkes Booth.
As a girl of 18 she witnessed the
tragedy from the first row of the
balcony in the Ford, theater. She sat
not more than 25 or SO feet from
the President's box, saw Booth enter
the box and heard the shot ring out.
Shortly after that sad incident,
on May 1, Lincoln's funeral train
passed through Michigan City. Hun-
dreds of persons gathered at the
Michigan Central station to see the
bier. Among them was Martin T.
Krueger, a boy of 11 years at the
time. A huge memorial arch was
erected at the station where a group
of Chicago people met the train to
j accompany the body to Chicago and
then to Springfield.
She's 89 Now
A bright little woman of nearly
89, Mrs. Van Pelt clearly recalls
April 14, 1865. She and her older
sister, Nancy Sherman, both in their
last -year at the Cleveland Female
seminary had gone to Washington
to spend Easter vacation with their
uncle, George Hartwell of the patent
offiee there. Mrs. Van, Pelt was
Harriet Sherman, daughter of Dr.
Mason G. Sherman of Michigan
In the afternoon they attended
the reception at the White House
and shook hands with Mr. and Mrs.
Lincoln. Climaxing the week's activi-
ties they attended the theater in the
evening to see "Our American
Cousin " and again see the President
from his box.
In describing the scene, Mrs. Van
Pelt said. "I thought Booth was
some theater attendant. A moment
later a shot was heard. I recall
nothing of Maj. Eathbone's grappl-
ing with Booth and being stabbed,
nor of Booth leaping to the stage
from the front railing of the box,
although these things happened. I
remember only the President's head
on the shoulder of Mrs. Lincoln and
hearing some one say quietly, 'Mr.
Lincoln has been shot.'
"The curtain was rung down,
which left the house in darkness for
a moment. Every one was confused.
A sort of paralysis gripped the
house. Then the lights were turned
"I saw the President being car-
ried out of the. box. After he had
been removed from the theater and j
taken to a board'ng house across >
the street, the throngs made their
way out of the theater stunned. The
next day we returned to school.
Among my schoolmates there to
whom I told my experience in wit-
nessing the tragedy was Ida Saxton,
later the wife of President McKinley
(who died of an assassin's bullet
Sept. 14, 1901)."
The next year Harriet Sherman
married Maj. John Simpson of the
59th Indiana infantry who had
served under Gen. Grant and had
marched with her second cousin,
Gen. Sherman, to the sea. She mar-
ried aga-'n after his death.
Mrs. Van Pelt's story, well known
in Michigan City, was given a
prominent place in a Chicago news-
Van Sant, Mr.
Minneapolis Residents Remember Great I
FORMER GOVERNOR SAM-
UEL, VAN SANT, (left), G.A.R.
veteran, looked at the picture of
Lincoln and his son, Tad. "What
grief there was in the army,
the day it got the news of that
boy's death," he said. Mr. Van
Sant "will be a guest at a (Tinner
"Rftta-y given the G.A.R. veterans
by the sons of civil war veter-
Mrs. Josephine Retz, (next),
still remembers the day she
rode with Lincoln on a hay-
rack to a political meeting.
When Lincoln stopped at her
father's home in Logan county,
111., said Mrs. Elizabeth Jane
Gilmore, (shown next avor-e), he
made Mrs. Gilmore's brother,
Bob, stand in the corner when
he was naughty. Mrs. Gilmore
still remembers some of Uncle
Abe's funny stories.
J. W. Morse,, (last), one of the
first telegraphers to operate on
the lines that were being ex-
tended during the Civil war,
sent Lincoln's second inaugural
address in code. He lives now
at the Vendome hotel.
Van Sant , Samuel R,
Youth Honors Lincoln a&
Age Handicaps Old Guai
Van Sant Represents Comrades in Address i
Legion — Schools Give Programs
The hallowed memory of $ great L, TTiimagnn. fa3CBB3tea8fcaBfl Mr -
mori^n »ff PoHnna telv known as Van Sant wprp, thprr. „
American, affectionately known as
"Honest Abe," was observed in a
manner more solemn than usual to-
day as the youth of Minneapolis
found itself taxed with the respon-
sibility of paying honor to Abraham
Lincoln 123 years after his birth
in a tiny Kentucky backwoods
For the "old guard," men who
fought in the Civil war and those
who still remember seeing Lincoln,
slowly has thinned out and in the
city today those who cherish the
memory of the "great emancipator"
were too advanced in age to par-
ticipate in memorial ceremonies.
Van Sant Will Speak
No celebrations on the scale of
former years have been planned for
the "boys in blue." They will be
content to rest quietly at the Sol-
diers' home, Veterans' hospital and
in private homes, pausing for a
time, perhaps, to re-read the famous
The only notable exception among
the "old guard" is that of former
Governor Samuel R. Van Sant, 88-
year-old former national command-
er of the G. A. R.
Mr. Van Sant will represent his
comrades at 8 p.m. today when he
speaks at a meeting of Giantvalley
American Legion post at- -the Citi-
zens Club. Leonard Vasapka, com-
mander, also has invited T. H. Pea-
cock, another Civil war veteran, to
Men and women who still remem-
ber Lincoln cherished the memories
more than ever today as they real-
ized their numbers were growing
Sat on Lincoln's Lap
A^ra it. J rj.iiTTir.rp, P 1 years old,
unable to leave her room at the
Jones Harrison home, remembers
the day she sat on Lincoln's lap
and answered his questions about
school. Mrs. Josppl-ijri e^ T. Retz
still feels the handclasp' of the
young man who debated slavery
with Stephen A. Douglas. Mcg ^ Em-
naa-Marsh, also of the Jones Harri-
sonvhome, who is only a "young-
ster" of 78 years, remembers the
day she kissed Lincoln, but she was
only 4 years old at' the time.
Several churches have planned
simple gatherings tonight honoring
Lincoln. Fathers and sons of Knox
Presbyterian church will assemble
for a memorial dinner.
Schools were closed today, fol-
lowing yesterday's secial programs
prepared by pupils to freshen their
knowledge of Lincoln's contribu-
tions to his country.
Flags Fly Over City
The Stars and tSripes, for whose
unity Lincoln gave his life, were
shown in his honor on homes and
buildings throughout the city.
There are only 12 remaining of
the 293 stalwart lads of Mr. Van
Sant's G. A. R. post, John A. Rawl-
ings, six of them living in Minne-
apolis. Tuesday at their reunion
three men were able to attend. W.
the Rawfi'ligS pool, iuund himself
unable to attend the group's Tues-
day reunion, he did the next best
thing. He sent Mrs. Torrance to
preside for him.
Officers Cancel Dinner
The annual Lincoln birthday din-
ner of the Minnesota commandary,
Military Order of the Loyal Legion,
formed many years ago by 25 Civil
war officers, has been canceled,
since the four surviving Twin City
members will be unable to attend.
Still the tradition will not be
abandoned, for taking their places
will be sons and grands -ns, carry-
ing on the memories told them by
their parents. Next spring descend-
ants of the veterans are planning to
conduct their reunion to revive the
Relates Ambitious Wife
Held After Menard Talk
Lincoln addressed "a very large
and attentive audience" with "most
telling effect" in Petersburg, Aug.
30, 1856, according to The State
Journal of that year.
Two years later, On Oct. 29 during
the course of his senatorial cam-
paign, he again spoke in Petersburg.
Later at a flag station twenty miles
west of Springfield, he and Henry
Villard took refuge from a violent
storm in an empty box car
Villard relates in his Memoirs that
Lincoln said at that time that as
a youth his highest political ambi-
tion was to be elected to the legis-
lature. But now he said, Mrs. Lin-
coln was insisting that he would
be senator and president. "Just
think of such a sucker as me as
president!" he exclaimed. .
3JUp t 4-r s
AS A REPORTER
Henry Villard's Dispatches
of 1860 Published.
Henry Villard, an immigrant
boy, had been in this country
only seven years when he was as-
signed to cover the Republican
Convention of 1860 and Abraham
Lincoln's post-election months in
Springfield for the New York
Herald. He had already covered
the four Lincoln-Douglas debates
for the New York Staats-Zeitung,
a German language newspaper,
and was thus acquainted with
Lincoln before the election of
Mr. Villard's dispatches to the
Herald, now gathered into a sin-
gle volume edited by his sons,
Harold G. and Oswald Garrison
Villard, present an interesting
contemporary account of Abra-
ham Lincoln as the cares of the
nation settled on his shoulders.
The book, "Lincoln on the Eve of
'61" (Alfred Knopf, $1.25), has
just been published.
"Few mortal beings," Mr. Vil-
lard wrote on January 19, 1861,
"ever carried a heavier load than
that already and likely to rest
hereafter, upon the shoulders, of
Abraham Lincoln. Nor can it' be
concealed, that, although he
stands up manfully under its
weight, the burden is taxing at
times his patience and power of
endurance to the utmost."
No Protection From Visitors.
From Mr. Villard's accounts
it is apparent that not only did
Mr. Lincoln have the full bur-
den of the country's affairs upon
him, but he had virtually no pro-
tection against the demands of
his constituents to see him, shake
his hand, talk with him and just
gape at him.
"No restrictions whatever be-
ing exercised as to visitors, the
crowd that daily waits on the
President is always of a motley
description," Mr. Villard wrote
in his first letter on November
16, 1860, from Springfield. "Every-
body who lives in this vicinity or
passes through this place goes to
take a look at 'Old Abe.'
"Muddy boots and hickory
shirts are just as frequent as
broadcloth, fine linen, &c. The
ladies, however, are usually
dressed up in their very best, al-
though they cannot hope to make
an impression on old married Lin-
_ "Offensively democratic exhibi-
tion of free manners occur every
once in a while. Churlish fel-
lows will obtrude themselves with
their hats on, lighted cigars and
their pantaloons tucked into their
boots. Dropping into chairs, they
sit puffing away and trying to
gorgonize the President with
their silent stares, until their
boorish curiosity is fully satis-
Accounts such as the forego-
ing, both of the period in Spring-
field and the trip to Washington,
seem fantastic to readers in this
day when the President of the
United States is so hedged about
with guards and buffers to keep
him free of the wearing and dan-
gerous personal contact with his
Mr. Villard was present at the
station when Mr. Lincoln left
Springfield for Washington.
Charged With Emotion.
"The President • elect," he
wrote, "took his station in the
waiting-room, and allowed his
friends to pass by him and take
his hand for the last time. His
face was pale, and quivered
with emotion so deep as to ren-
der him almost unable to utter [
a single word. At 8 o'clock pre-
cisely he was conducted to the
cars by Mr. Wood and Mr.
Baker of the Journal.
"After exchanging a parting
salutation with a lady, he took
his stand on the platform, re-
moved his hat, and ■ asking si-
lence, spoke to the multitude
which stood in respectful silence
and with their heads uncov-
Mr. Villard then included the
text of the address which Mr.
Lincoln himself wrote out for
Vincent, Bishop John H,
Lincoln in 1 865
By Bishop John H. Vincent
I was at City Point in March, 1865, just I
at the close of the war, in the service of
the Christian Commission, and on a visit
to General Grant, whom I had known with
some degree of intimacy at Galena, where
I was in charge of the church which Cap-
tain Grant and his family regularly attend-
ed, and to whom with his fellow soldiers
I was permitted in 1861 to deliver the fare-
well address on the occasion of their" de-
parture from Galena for the front.
On Saturday, March 25, 1865, I received
from General Rawlins an, invitation to ac-
company him and General Grant as they
called on President Lincoln on his steamer,
The River Queen, at City Point. And on
the same day I was invited to accompany
President Lincoln and General Grant on
their Sunday trip up the James River.- For
good and sufficient reasons I was compelled
to decline both invitations. But on Mon-
day morning, March 27, at City Point, I saw
a large part of Sheridan's force cross the
pontoon over the Appomattox at Point of
I then called at General Grant's head-
quarters, where I found both President Lin-
coln and General Grant. The general in-
troduced me to President Lincoln, and I
had the opportunity of looking at close
range into the face of the distinguished
war President. He looked old and weary —
his eyelids heavy and drooping, his mouth
large and homely— his eyes with a look of
languor. General Crook just then came in,
and the President, his face brightening into
a mischievous smile, rallied Crook, telling
the company Mr. Stanton's jokes at Crook's
expense to the effect that his sweetheart
had betrayed him into rebel hands— for
Crook had just been released by the Con-
Mr. Lincoln then made a sort of apology
for having gone up the James River to re-
view the troops on Sabbath, and General
Grant stated that in Galena he never
missed the Sunday morning church serv-
ices. Both men seemed anxious to have it
understood that they revered the Sabbath
day. It was a worthy and beautiful tribute
to the day, to the divine command concern-
ing it, and it will be well for the republic
if this emphasis shall everywhere be made
in our land.
It was but a few weeks later that I
walked in the great procession in Chicago,
through the city hall and looked again on
the hero's faoe as he lay silent in death.
And now the noble figure of Abraham Lin-
coln, transfigured and glorified in the heav-
ens of our national memory and imagina-
tion, rises to the loftiest height, and is
; radiant with a glory distinctly and forever
. ■•. -'',
Voted for Lincoln, Flew
at 102, Dies at 105 Years
Patrick Vizzard, Who Knew His West Side Like a
Book, Passes in Sleep.
Patrick Vizzard is dead. The alert
blue eyes that for 105 years watched
the progress of the world see no
more. Death came just as he wanted
it to come, without fuss or bother.
Patrick Vizzard simply went to sleep
and did not wake up again.
He was born in Ireland in 1826, but
he went with his family to England
to live while he was still very young,
as nearly as he could recall. After he
had finished his schooling and was
ready to start into the world for
himself he decided to come to
That was before the Civil War,
and he liked the United States so
much that he stayed,' wandering until
he finally settled in Cleveland. For
many years he was employed at the
old American House on Superior
Vizzard was interested in politics.
He voted twice for Lincoln, he re-
lated, and remained a stanch Re-
publican until the 1928 election, when
as the oldest registered voter in
Cuyahoga County^ he declared him-
self a supporter of Al Smith for
Mr. Vizzard lived at 8504 Detroit
Avenue N. W, He prided himself on
his knowledge of Cleveland's West
Side and boasted that he could name
all the streets between the Cuyahoga
River and Rocky River.
It was his delight to keep in touch
with new inventions and develop-
ments and one of the most of ex-
citing experiences of his recent years
was the airplane ride which he took
over the city on the anniversary of
his 1021 birthday. He liked the ride
so much that he wanted to repeat It,
and his pride was hurt when some-
one suggested that he was a little
old for air travel.
Mr. Vizzard' s birthday on June 20
was always a big event. Newspaper
people who came to see him on that
day were greeted cordially, and he
considered them among his best
He is survived by a son, M. J.
Vizzard, 17449 Shaw Avenue, Lake-
wood, and a grandson* James. His
son, who is traveling in the east, had
not been reached last night to be
told of the death of his father.
Funeral services will be held at St.
Colman's Catholic Church, W. 65th
Street and Lawn Avenue N. W., at
10 Thursday morning. Burial will be
at St. John's Cemetery.
von Seggern, Miss Amelia
Miss Who Saw Lincoln But Won't Tell Age
Does Jury Duty and Considers It as Duty
She Only Regrets That Cases Are Not Longer
So She Could Be More Certain
of Doing Justice
rpHE person who purposefully escapes jury service
is not doing his part in the cause of justice, be-
lieves Amelia von Seggern, for the first time a mem-
ber of a jury panel after many years devoted -to'
social work of almost every sort.
Miss von Seggern, they say at the Courthouse,
could have escaped jury service had she desired. As
a girl, she remembers seeing Abraham Lincoln but'
she is not telling her age.
Miss von Seggern, last of 12 children in the third
generation of an old Cincinnati family, is among 125
persons now serving on the Common Pleas Court
panel. Their work will be completed this week.
"Everybody's Solemn Duty" '
"It is everybody's solemn duty to serve if called and
to aid in solving things to the best advantage," said
Miss von Seggern emphatically. "I only regret that
we are not on cases longer so that we could be more
certain of dealing out justice."
Miss von Seggern did not level her criticism of
persons who avoid jury duty at the "younger genera-
"Our young folks have as much sense of social
responsibility as their elders in my opinion," she said.
Although this is the first time she has ever been
on a panel or otherwise directly connected with court
activities, Miss von Seggern said she felt quite at
home. She explained that the old Courthouse yard
had been her childhood playground in the days when
the law offices of her father, the late Christopher von
Seggern, had been located across the street.
Lincoln Waved to Friend
That was after Abraham Lincoln had paid a visit
to Cincinnati and dissolved the law partnership of
Haussreck and von Seggern by appointing Mr. Hauss-
reck ambassador to a South American country, Miss
von Seggern recalled.
Had she seen Lincoln?
"Yes, I remember seeing Lincoln. A girl friend
a*>d I were standing on the street one day as he
passed by in his carriage. She waved to him and he
Looking backward, Miss von Seggern recalled years
spent handling world-wide correspondence for the
Lutheran mission, taking part in leper and immi-
grant service and aiding in the work of the Federa-
tion of Women.
"And I've never been ill," she said proudly. "I
was seasick once and had my foot hurt when an auto
^struck me, but I've oiever really been ill."
Van Duzer, Mrs, W. J.
Senteaiber 6, 193
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Antioch, I 1 lino is
Tesr B*s* Van Dr.r.er:
The Antioch Ke-.7S has forwarded ynur 1 ett-r
to "as. Do we understand fthat you did not see Lincoln? Did
you attend his funeral? If ao this vreuld onke you eligible
to enter our contest.
In senaesilon with the dedication of the
stotue of Abraham Lincoln to be unveiled in ?ort *"arne on
Sapten&er 16 we are planning to boaoP fchos? rrsen sad worsen,
still living, rho sp> : " Abraham Lincoln.
Inasmuch a« we Kill pay th;-. expenses to the
dedication of the oldest verses %o sa~ Lincoln, in each of
the f-njr States MtohSgaa, Ohio, Illinois, sad Indiana, it is
necessary for us to have setae fceearaie information signed by
fill you please fill out the enclosed blank
and returr if you at ^ny time saw Lincoln.
We are -pleased to send jrou soiae Lincoln items.
T.lncoln National Life fouadatioa
V&a1X^£c v flW*. U)> A>
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